Shepparton waterskiers Tom Bennett and Layne Moroney have won a swag of trophies during the NSW-ACT Malibu Waterski Series.DAMEN FRANCIS February 14, 2014 4:56am
Shepparton waterskiers Tom Bennett and Layne Moroney are making their mark in the NSW-ACT Malibu Series.
A pair of Shepparton waterskiers is making waves either side of the Victorian-NSW border.
Cousins Tom Bennett and Layne Moroney are more than holding their own as first-year skiers in the NSW and ACT Malibu Series — an eight-round competition that runs from October to March, ahead of the NSW State Waterski Titles at Albury.
The Goulburn Valley Grammar students continued their fine form in round seven at Narrandera last weekend.
Bennett, 13, won his fifth straight slalom race — having only contested five of the seven rounds — while Moroney, 11, won her second trick event in a row with a score of more than 800 points.
So rapid has Moroney’s rise been, she was named Skier of the Tournament for round seven.
Coached by Australian Slalom record-holder Nick Adams, the future looks bright for the talented duo.
But it has not been an easy ride.
Every summer their family packs up and relocates to Bundalong, where they train two or three times per day.
Moroney’s mother, Gaye Bennett, said the boat had clocked up 100 hours and the adults spent most of that time behind the wheel.
‘‘They’ve been good strong skiers since they were young,’’ Bennett said.
‘‘They had some lessons and started in the mini divisions and have just gone on from there.
‘‘They’re both nationally rated now and their aim is to ski down at Moomba on the Yarra.’’
The Melbourne festival remains one of the most prestigious events on the waterski circuit.
As they continue to develop, the ropes get shorter and the speeds get higher.
Both skiers are now using 16
Bennett said as a mother and aunt, it was the next step that made her nervous.
‘‘They ski hard and they stack harder, but I don’t get too worried,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s when they go over jumps I have to look away sometimes.’’
Tom prefers slalom skiing to trick skiing and enjoys the camaraderie of the waterski scene.
‘‘It’s great how everyone encourages you and you get to meet new people and have fun,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m new to trick skiing, so I’m still getting my head around it.’’
For Layne, trick skiing is an opportunity to express herself out on the water.
‘‘I like tricks most of the time, I do toe tricks and hand tricks,’’ she said.
‘‘Everyone is really nice at competitions.’’
Their next event is at Temora in two weeks.
Shepparton businesses The Windscreen Savers and Makar Automotive were severely damaged in a blaze that was started by a welding operation.
Police investigating a break and enter at a Mulwala club more than 10 years ago are renewing their appeal for public assistance by releasing an image of a person they believe has information to assist them.
Tatura’s Victory Hall is set for a big year as preparations get under way to celebrate the hall’s 90th birthday in September.
Former district resident and award-winning television producer Joanna Werner will no doubt be shopping for a glitzy gown ahead of the Emmy Awards in New York on February 20.
Rochester Secondary College school captains Dom Atley and Tim Poole have been accepted to study biomedical science in the first step towards becoming doctors.
Will it be Merrigum or Lancaster?
Fire destroys key public buildings in Seymour
Finley Henry Matheson was bestowed one of the highest Australia Day honours.
Heathcote Hostel residents were treated to a visit from Heathcote’s favourite horse, Sub Zero, as part of Australia Day celebrations.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Darren McLoughlin only started playing croquet seven years ago.
From orchards to harvest to shelves, a new exhibition will celebrate the Goulburn Valley’s iconic fruit industry. The Photos of the Fruit Industry exhibition will run as part of the SheppARTon Festival in March and aims to share memories and history of an industry that has shaped the region.
Former Benalla footballer Tom Rockliff has been named captain of the Brisbane Lions Football Club.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.